As soon as I tweaked my back, I knew that I had a serious problem. I couldn't stand up straight and the pain was excruciating. I tried to hobble to the car, but I realized that I would need help. That day, my wife drove me to the nearest chiropractor, and that doctor helped me more than I thought was possible. After evaluating my condition, he informed me that I had a herniated disc in my back. In addition to adjusting my back to alleviate the pressure, the doctor also recommended some strengthening exercises that he said would help. These days, I can walk pain-free because of my chiropractor. Check out this blog to learn how a chiropractor can help you.
If you have recently started visiting a chiropractor for your lower back pain, you may wonder if there is anything you can do afterward at home to improve your results. If so, use the following tips for taking care of your back after having chiropractic adjustments.
Be Mindful of Your Posture
When the chiropractor makes adjustments to your back, they are helping to bring your spinal column back into alignment. However, if you tend to slouch, either while you are sitting or standing, you may undo the progress made with each adjustment. You may also be putting undue stress on your lower back and contributing to your pain and muscles spasms.
Especially when you first start receiving treatments, try to be more mindful of the way you are carrying yourself. Whenever you notice that your shoulders are rolled forward or your back is bent at a strange angle, pull yourself up until your back is straight. It may help to try balancing a book on your head to see how your back should feel when it is straight.
Change Your Sleeping Position
Sitting or standing with improper posture is not the only way you could be placing stress on your lower back and taking it back out of alignment after an adjustment. If you are sleeping in an awkward position, the hours you stay in bed could contribute to your pain and misalignment.
If you sleep flat and have a soft bed, parts of your spine will sag. To counter this sagging, use pillows to support these areas. Lay down on your bed, and try to feel if there are any areas where your back is sagging or experiencing pressure.
Then, place small pillows under different areas of your body to relieve this pressure. If you feel it in your lower back while laying on your back, place a pillow under your knees. Or, if you are laying on your side, bend the top leg and lay it across a pillow that is hugging your body.
While laying on your stomach is usually not recommended, you can relieve the pressure by placing a small flat pillow under your hips. However, this could throw the top of your back out of alignment, so you may want to try sleeping on your side or back instead.
Using the tips above after having chiropractic adjustments on your lower back can help improve your results and extend your relief. For more ways to decrease your back pain and get the most out of your treatments, speak with your chiropractor at your next appointment.